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Islamic architecture and Orientalizing style in Habsburg Bosnia, 1878-1918

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Project "THEKAISERSMOSQUES" data sheet

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Organization address
city: WIEN
postcode: 1010

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Total cost 1˙257˙973 €
 EC max contribution 1˙257˙973 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-02-01   to  2023-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAT WIEN AT (WIEN) coordinator 1˙257˙973.00


 Project objective

The project highlights a grossly understudied experiment at the intersection of nineteenth-century European and Islamic architectural histories. It draws attention to a significant body of buildings designed by architects trained in Central Europe for use by Muslims in Habsburg-ruled Bosnia-Herzegovina (1878-1918). These buildings, many of which mosques, largely draw upon a traditional Islamic formal and functional typology. The composition and decoration of their facades, however, is the product of nineteenth-century Historicist conduct. Quoted are elements from assorted Islamic artistic heritages, with prominence given to Cairo and Andalusia. In Bosnia, many of these buildings were misinterpreted as mere renovations of Ottoman edifices, as is indeed declared on several inscriptions. However, this information generally appears to pertain to the institutions accommodated in these buildings rather than to their present form and architecture. The project’s primary intention is to validate the assertion that these buildings must be considered a distinct group of architectural monuments, and that they, in consequence, constitute a phenomenon that necessitates separate appraisal and study. Intertwined with this architectural phenomenon is the stylistic phenomenon traditionally (yet inaccurately) called ‘pseudo-Moorish’ in Bosnia. This Orientalizing style was the preferred choice for buildings constructed for use by Muslims; it is be the project’s second focus of inquiry. The study seeks to explore its historical sources and the channels of their reception, as well as the logic and aesthetic of these sources’ paraphrasing in a nineteenth-century context. By documenting and analyzing this heritage in the necessary detail, the project fills a significant gap in published scholarly research. It also contributes to our understanding of European powers’ historical responses to the challenge of cultural diversity in territories under their control.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Maximilian Hartmuth
Amtssprache Maurisch? Zum Problem der Interpretation des orientalisierenden Baustils im habsburgischen Bosnien-Herzegowina
published pages: 251-268, ISSN: 1862-2518, DOI:
Bosnien-Herzegowina und Österreich-Ungarn, 1878–1918: Annäherungen an eine Kolonie 2019-10-07
2019 Maximilian Hartmuth
Nach dem Danach: Metamorphosen eines orientalisierenden Schulbaus der Habsburgerzeit in Mostar
published pages: 10-15, ISSN: 0023-5431, DOI:
Kunst und Kirche: Magazin für Kritik, Ästhetik und Religion 3 2019-10-07
2019 Julia Rüdiger
Bauen für die bosnische(n) Partikularität(en) im habsburgischen Vielvölkerstaat
published pages: 38-49, ISSN: 0340-7403, DOI:
Kritische Berichte 2 2019-10-07

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